[b-hebrew] Thera quote

MarianneLuban at aol.com MarianneLuban at aol.com
Fri Aug 27 19:26:57 EDT 2004

In a message dated 8/27/2004 2:09:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time, 
kwrandolph at email.com writes:

> What did Josephus know about the Hebrew calandar? We have indication that 
> it had ceased to be used 500 years before Josephus. Even in Tanakh, the 
> post-exilic writings named the months according to Aramaic names, indicating that 
> the Hebrew calandar was already then not being used, let alone centuries 
> later. That will also explain why for your claim that most historical mentions of 
> Hebrew religious feasts don’t coincide with the first and seventh months.

This is easily answered.  The Torah does not mention any months by 
names--only numbers, just as the ancient Egyptians did until quite late.  However, 
Josephus can have known that the month once known by a number came to be called 
"Pharmouti" and the new calendar of the Hebrews, which was both a lunar and a 
solar one, had a month with a number that later came to be called "Nisan".  
"Aviv" perhaps refers to the spring soltice, although I have nothing firm to say 
about that subject.

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